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Richard Warren enters his fifth season as a volunteer assistant for the Ohio State track and field team. Warren's primary responsibilities include multi-events and the high jump.
During Warren's tenure, Buckeye high jumpers have soared to new heights - literally. In total, seven student-athletes coached by Warren have achieved new personal records.
Last season, Josh Fridley cleared a personal best of 2.08 meters (6-9.75) on his way to the NCAA East Preliminary and an eighth-place finish at the Big Ten championships. The year prior, Fridley cleared a then-personal best of 2.05 meters (6-8.75), the top height for a true freshman in the Big Ten.
In 2014, dual-sport athlete Devin Smith qualified for the NCAA East regional championship and achieved All-Big Ten honors by clearing 2.14 meters (7-0.25) at the Big Ten outdoor championships, this following his successful indoor campaign where he cleared 2.12 meters (6-11.50) to bring home the bronze medal at the Big Ten indoor championships. Both marks rank fifth all-time on the Ohio State indoor and outdoor all-time performance list.
During the 2012 season, Tyler Parrish cleared a lifetime best of 2.11 meters (6-11.00) to qualify for the USATF Junior National Championship meet.
Prior to Ohio State, Warren coached at Southmont High School in Crawfordsville, Ind. While at Southmont, Warren gained national recognition working with Jonathon Christensen who, under Warren's leadership, broke school, county, conference, sectional, and regional records on his way to two IATCCCA indoor state titles and two IHSAA outdoor titles. Christensen finished the 2011 indoor season ranked No. 1 in the nation with a leap of 2.20 meters (7-2.50). Along with Christensen, Warren guided three long jumpers to the IATCCCA indoor state track meet. During his seven-year high school coaching career, Warren coached three sectional champions in the high jump, as well as four high jump and five long jump regional qualifiers.
As a student-athlete, Warren competed at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind., and one season at Kansas State University. While at Bethel, Warren completed an undefeated freshman season by winning the 2000 NAIA Outdoor National Championship in the high jump. During his collegiate career at Bethel, Warren was a NAIA national champion and two-time NCCAA national champion, as well as a two-time NAIA All-American, four-time NCCAA All-American, and two-time MCC conference champion. Warren still holds the Bethel College school record in the high jump.
A native of Argos, Ind., Warren is a USATF Level I Certified Coach.
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